Dest wonder strike keys U.S. comeback over Costa Rica
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Sergiño Dest (left) scored a left-footed rocket past Keylor Navas of Costa Rica during a Concacaf Wolrd Cup qualifiers on October 13 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.

Dest wonder strike keys U.S. comeback over Costa Rica

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COLUMBUS, Ohio.- The United States rallied for a 2-1 victory against Costa Rica on the sixth matchday of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying for Qatar 2022 on Thursday night at Field in Columbus, Ohio.

The win takes the U.S. to 11 points in the final round, while Costa Rica stays on six points.

Costa Rica got a dream start, scoring in the second minute when Keysher Fuller was able to volley a cross from Ronald Matarrita toward the goal, where U.S. GK Zack Steffen was unable to stop the bouncing effort from crossing his line.

The U.S. was back level though 1-1 in the 25th minute, as right back Sergino Dest cut in from his defensive position, getting near the box and firing a left-footed bullet past Costa Rica GK Keylor Navas.

The momentum was with the home side and they would then take a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute via an own goal from GK Leonel Moreira, who had come on for an injured Navas at halftime.

This time Dest set up Timothy Weah, who smashed his shot at Moreira, with the shot hitting off the post, then off the goalkeeper and going across the line to give the U.S. a 2-1 advantage.

From there, the U.S. defense held firm to nail down the three points for the hosts.

The U.S. resumes qualification in November with a home tilt against rival Mexico, while Costa Rica’s next match is at Canada.


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